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The Sun-Times’ ex­perts of­fer their picks for the Bears’ home opener against the Giants:

RICK MOR­RIS­SEY

Bears, 20-17: We have be­fore us a clash be­tween a Bears de­fense that gave up 426 yards to the lowly Lions in the opener and a Giants “run­ning” game that could only get stud Saquon Barkley six yards on 15 car­ries in Week 1. Some­thing, as they say, has to give. We’ll be talk­ing about the 2-0 Bears on Mon­day. Sea­son: 0-1.

RICK TELANDER

Bears, 21-17: The Bears didn’t play well and still beat the Lions last Sun­day. The Giants aren’t much bet­ter. Quar­ter­back Daniel Jones, a.k.a. “Danny Dimes,” should be ham­mered into a nickel by a Bears de­fense cash­ing in. Sea­son: 1-0.

PA­TRICK FIN­LEY

Bears, 18-10: If D’An­dre Swift hadn’t dropped a touch­down pass, we would have spent all week won­der­ing what hap­pened to the vaunted Bears’ de­fense. While the Bears try to fig­ure it out, they get a gift: a Giants of­fense that ranked fifth­worst in points, sev­enth-worst in yards and dead last in rush­ing last week. Sea­son: 1-0.

JA­SON LIESER

Bears, 24-10: This should be a feel-good win for the Bears against a Giants team that is 12-37 the last four years and was near the bot­tom of the NFL in scor­ing on of­fense and de­fense last sea­son. Ev­ery­thing should look bet­ter than it did in the opener. Sea­son: 1-0.

MARK POTASH

Bears, 23-10: The Bears are liv­ing right — catch­ing a strug­gling Giants team on short rest at Sol­dier Field af­ter beat­ing the hap­less Lions in Week 1. If the Bears are mak­ing progress, this should be de­ci­sive. Sea­son: 1-0.

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